Why no one should take a video selfie in front of a dumpster fire

If you ever see a large object or structure on fire, you will be sorely tempted to frame it in the background of a video selfie. We urge you to resist this instinct, lest you pull a Tom Lavery.

Lavery, it seems, just had to get a shot of a dumpster blaze that had broken out during a St. Patrick’s Day parade in New Haven, Conn. 

For this impudence, he paid a terrible price.

Just one of those times when firefighters realize that all their sacrifice has been worthwhile.

H/T Tastefully Offensive | Photo via Ben Watts/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Miles Klee

Miles Klee

Miles Klee is a novelist and web culture reporter. The former editor of the Daily Dot’s Unclick section, Klee’s essays, satire, and fiction have appeared in Lapham’s Quarterly, Vanity Fair, 3:AM, Salon, the Awl, the New York Observer, the Millions,  and the Village Voice. He's the author of two odd books of fiction, 'Ivyland' and 'True False.'